Acres revenue soars by 85%
As the rhythm of business adjusts, sustainability is taking centre stage in a rapidly increasing number of organisations. As a result, the demand by corporates, consultancies and SMEs to hire professionals into roles such as sustainability strategy, energy management, corporate responsibility, ethical supply chain, environmental management and health & safety is rising.
& lsquo;Demand has increased across the board’ says Acre’s CEO Richard Wright & lsquo;we have been working with an increasing number of multinational organisations for some time now as they develop their sustainability strategies, but the past 12 months has seen a very significant increase in hiring’.
A trend witnessed more recently in the sustainability space, is that of mass collaboration the bringing together of key stakeholders to work on the provision of sustainable, diverse, and efficient solutions, in an innovative and collaborative way. This trend has resulted in Acre being retained for several high profile recruitment campaigns. Over the past six months, Acre has sourced the entire senior management team for The Accord, a new body backed by over 100 of the world’s largest apparel retailers to improve worker safety and labour rights in Bangladesh, as featured recently on BBC’s Panorama. According to Acre’s Founder and Director Andy Cartland, & lsquo;its been a phenomenal process to be part of, all of our clients are stakeholders, and together we have created a game changing organisation with many millions of dollars being committed to the initiative.’
Innovation is a key component of Acre’s growth strategy and they have been working hard to launch the Acre Bench over the summer. The Bench is an extension of Acre’s fast expanding interim business, specifically optimised for mobiles, simply allowing clients to identify and self-select senior interim professionals online, according to their specific business requirements. As Wright puts it, & lsquo;we’re not trying to automate recruitment, as we don’t believe that works, but we are making the online process much more efficient by providing fast and direct access to sustainability professionals, with our consultants ensuring that all the online information is completely up to date and relevant.’
& lsquo;We are experiencing very exciting times and its very rewarding to see the business fulfil its potential’ says Cartland, & lsquo;as the economy improves organisations need to centre their growth around a resource efficient strategy, as well as turning themselves into better corporate citizens that’s where our candidates, be they permanent hires or interims, get involved.
In addition to the day to day leadership by Andy Cartland and Richard Wright, Acre is backed by Ian Nash (ex Group FD of both Michael Page International plc and Robert Walters plc), Jim Woods, the CEO of Green Mondays, the leading sustainability events organisation, and Tom Leathes the CEO of Top10.com, an online business.